Synthetic marijuana, known as Spice or K2, is gaining attention among high school seniors. According to The University of Michigans Monitoring the Future study one in every nine 12th graders reported using this drug. Yesterday R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House ONDCP, urged parents to help stop teen use of Spice / K2. […]
This is a guest blog post by Michael V. Pantalon, PhD, Yale Psychologist, Addiction & Motivation Expert, Speaker, Coach and author of INSTANT INFLUENCE: How to Get Anyone to Do Anything—Fast! (Little, Brown & Co., May, 2011). Many people who enter into recovery (i.e., abstinence from their drug of abuse/dependence & engaged in treatment) will […]
A useful strategy is to ask teens about what they “expect” to get from drinking. Along with perceived risk, your teen’s alcohol use can be predicted by the expectation that one will feel a certain way when they drink.
A recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 20% of teens have taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription. More often than not, these teens are getting their prescription drugs from their own family’s medicine cabinet. In fact, fifty-five percent often agree that it’s easy to get prescription drugs […]
The language of drug addiction is laced with many terms that seem to be designed to scare everyone. Many words and descriptors of addiction make me cringe “Hitting rock bottom,” is a term I have written about before. Another term that I have recently been exploring and considering is “Tough Love.”
It is very painful to have drug addiction take over the life of someone you love. Being angry is understandable, but be angry at the disease not your loved one. Learn to separate the person from the affliction and trust that forgiveness will benefit you in many ways.
Parents! In case you didn’t see our September Parent E-mail, here it is. If you’d like to receive tips, tools and guidance for raising your tween, teen or young adult, please sign up for our monthly parent e-mail. >Dear Parents: What makes a good friend? This is something I’ve been discussing a lot lately with […]
When you are a small child growing up in a home plagued with addiction you get a very distorted picture of what it means to forgive. We do whatever is necessary to survive the emotional rollercoaster we are on, while resentment builds inside of us. When we are old enough to understand the addiction we just want to forget everything that ever happened. It would be great if I could wave a magic wand and erase all those terrible memories. But I have had to live with them.
In an effort to accommodate the college student subset seeking treatment, we’re beginning to see more campuses support alcohol-free lifestyles. As of today, 20 colleges have collaborated to form the Association for Recovery in Higher Education and welcome sober students. Some of the participating schools include:
While most teen friendships have their highs and lows, toxic friends are characterized by consistent patterns of negativity. Yet, the signs of a toxic teen friendship aren’t always obvious to teens or their parents. Here are 20 questions to help your child determine if a friendship may be bad for her—either mentally, physically or both. […]
As I read the articles How to Land Your Kid in Therapy,The Blessings of a B-and What if the Secret to Success Is Failure I inwardly groaned. I remember wanting to be “the good mom,” wanting to protect my daughters from making my mistakes. I remember charging through their lives as if I were their […]
We reached out to Teri Christensen, one of our favorite Partnership moms, to find out what it’s like raising tween girls and working at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Watch the video below to see what she had to say! Teri Christensen,Senior Vice President and Director of Field Operations,has worked with the Partnership for Drug-Free […]
This post is written by Jennifer Dyl, PhD (Rhode Island Family Guide). Seventeen-year-old Marissa is juggling many roles. She has a demanding part-time job, plays two varsity sports, is studying for the SAT’s and trying to decide where to go to college. She also has a term paper and an internet project due this week, […]
Get out of my way. That’s exactly what I wanted everyone to do when I was active in my addiction. If a person didn’t have money or something I could sell for crack cocaine, then I wanted nothing to do with them. All that my family could do was watch the whirlwind of devastation from the sidelines. They tried to encourage me to seek help, but I didn’t want to hear a word they said.
The two most important things to do are:1) STOP trying to motivate your child by telling her about your feelings, thoughts or reasons for change, such as, “You’re worrying me to death!” “I think you HAVE to go to rehab right from the hospital” or “The best reason for you to stop drinking is for your health.” 2) START asking your child questions that are specially-designed to evoke her own good reasons for change.
Parents! In case you didn’t see our August Parent E-mail, here it is. If you’d like to receive tips, tools and guidance for raising your tween, teen or young adult, please sign up for our monthly parent e-mail. They say that “the only thing permanent in life is change,” and that may well be true. But […]
Today’s Promise: I will remain patient and not jump ahead of his process of recovery. The joy is in sobriety, one day at a time. Learning to live in abstinence will take time for him. I am grateful for today. I’ll pray for tomorrow.
1. Start the Dialogue If you know a milepost is coming up, talk to them about it, says Ron Arden, Life Navigator. Try saying: You’re about to start a new school. How are you doing about that? I know when I was your age and I went to a new school, it was a little […]
With back-to-school season in full swing, this means the end of summer and the beginning of a brand-new school year. Some teens will be entering a new school and others will be moving up a grade or both. For many teens, this means an entirely different environment with an added pressure of making new friends. […]